Jermall Charlo appears to be the frontrunner to land a big money fight against Saul Alvarez, with talks for a September meeting reportedly now at an advanced stage.
Some people have been critical of Charlo as a potential opponent for the Mexican star, given he has been out of the ring for two years and looked relatively flat last time out.
And Eddie Hearn, who has worked with ‘Canelo’ for the majority of his recent fights, admitted to Fight Hub that he isn’t expecting a clash between the undisputed super middleweight king and Charlo to be competitive.
“Canelo’s always going to get criticism, but I think he has earned the right to fight whoever he wants. It’s up to you if you want to watch it.
You can’t expect Charlo to be competitive against Canelo in a September fight, coming off two years inactivity and what we saw in the Montell fight. I saw him on FaceTime with Demetrius Andrade, and he didn’t look like he was very close to being able to fight.
But he’s a good fighter and a good character – good luck to him.”
After the collapse in talks for a rematch between ‘Canelo’ and Dmitriy Bivol, Charlo emerged as one of two names in the running for the fight, alongside WBC cruiserweight world champion Badou Jack.
Jack publicly voiced his discontent at Alvarez’ teams insistence on both the fight taking place at a catchweight as well as a rehydration clause being imposed upon ‘The Ripper,’ and those talks quickly came to a halt.
So all roads now appear to lead to a showdown with Charlo, who has held the WBC middleweight title since 2019, though has never boxed up at 168lbs.